Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Shackles Of Fallen Men

It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery we have made, that we exist. That discovery is called the Fall of Man. Ever afterwards, we suspect our instruments. We have learned that we do not see directly, but meditatively, and that we have no means of correcting these colored and distorted lenses which we are, or of computing the amount of their errors. Perhaps these subject-lenses have a creative power; perhaps there are no objects. Once we lived in what we saw; now, the rapaciousness of this new power, which threatens to absorb all things, engages us.

Nature, art, persons, letters, religion,—objects, successfully tumble in, and God is but one of its ideas. Nature and literature are subjective phenomena; every evil and every good thing is a shadow which we cast. The street is full of humiliations to the proud. As the fop contrived to dress his bailiffs in his livery, and make them wait on his guest at table, so the chagrins which the bad heart gives off as bubbles, at once take form as ladies and gentlemen in the street, shoppers or barkeepers in hotels, and threaten or insult whatever is threaten-able and insult-able in us.

Tis the same with idolatries. People forget that it is the eye which makes the horizon, and the rounding mind’s eye which makes this or that man a type or representative of humanity with the name hero or saint.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1844 essay, Experience opens a door of awareness and the light of self responsibility comes crashing through our colored lenses of ritualistic beliefs and judgmental tomfoolery. We are the creators of our reality not the Fallen men who believed that some perverse God picks and chooses good over evil. We do the picking and we create the evil as well as the good. As Emerson mentions God is an idea. God is a thought that serves our purpose. We measure God in a world of measurability, but there is nothing to measure. Our religious beliefs create a God worthy to kill for so we battle to overcome the our own creations. We believe we must be disciplined and reconfigured into a ritualistic fiend in order to be saved.

We are never lost. We are never disconnected from the portion of the conscious mind that is not connected to the brain. That portion of the self may not be obvious, but it exists. That portion exists in a creative brew that overflows with energy.

Beneath our usual awareness the unconscious mind’s eye sees a horizon where the self dances without believing in the shackles of Fallen Men.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Capitalistic Patterns

Since we are dealing with a process whose every element takes considerable time in revealing its true features and ultimate effects, there is no point in appraising the performance of that process ex visu of a given point of time; we must judge its performance over time, as it unfolds through the decades or centuries. A system—any system, economic or other —that at any given point of time fully utilizes its possibilities to the best advantage may yet in the long run be inferior to a system that does so at no given point of time, because the latter’s failure to do so may be a condition for the level or speed of long-run performance.

Joseph Schumpeter the Harvard economics professor is talking about Capitalism in his thesis, The Process of Creative Destruction, but his words also apply to how we view our beliefs about the self. We believe that the self is a fixed physical being that uses all possibilities to the best advantage, but that self is only one aspect of our psyche, and we use it in a very prejudice way. All our experiences are organized according to our beliefs. The definition of conscious indicates our prejudice belief about the nature of consciousness.

The mind is a psyche pattern and we use it to form as well as interpret reality. But we just use one tiny pattern in the psyche to create that reality. That pattern continues to expand through the decades destroying some influences that impacted beliefs, and establishing new associations that add to our inner pattern. We also have the ability to use minds or the psyche that seem invisible in time. These minds organize reality in a different fashion. We are constantly going through a form of creative destruction in order to know the self.

When we use other elements of the psyche in this moment of now we become fully aware of our reality and comprehend it directly. Elements in this sense are impulses received from other qualities of the self. They influence what we believe in some manner. True personhood is rooted in the acceptance of these impulses as aspects of the self. The ancients achieved this goal, but there is no evidence that they existed so we believe we are the first to evolve into a higher version of the self. That perception is based on our belief in ordinary conscious organization.

Ordinary conscious organization is one of many organizations used by the psyche. These organizations can be compared to different art forms. Art forms don’t deal with time as much as they deal with emotions and our associative process. For example, cellular comprehension deals with probabilities in the future as well as the past so at that level time does not exist.

The belief in a wicked self is fueled by religious beliefs and that belief stops many people from exploring the inner self. The belief in sin prevents any direct experience that will give them the evidence needed to enjoy the experience that’s rooted in their own inner creative destruction process. We block our associative process using the notion of sin, which is fear of self, and that keeps us in a capitalistic type mentality that sees force and power as the means to spiritual as well as economic freedom.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Psychic Patterns

Nature is full of a sublime family likeness throughout her works; and delights in startling us with resemblances in the most unexpected quarters. I have seen the head of an old sachem of the forest, which at once reminded the eye of a bald mountain summit, and the furrows of the brow suggested the strata of the rock. There are men whose manners have the same essential splendor as the simple and awful sculpture on the friezes of the Parthenon, and the remains of the earliest Greek art. And there are compositions of the same strain to be found in the books of all age

If anyone will but take pains to observe the variety of actions to which he is equally inclined in certain moods of mind, and those to which he is averse, he will see how deep is the chain of affinity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay, History reminds us that nature manifests physically in order to teach us something about the self. The consciousness of nature has incredible beauty and an awesome imagination that keeps creating new examples of what our inner world is like. It shows us our multiplicity as well as our innate beauty. The delicacy, strength, and expansion found in nature are expressions of a quality of consciousness that has the desire to be physical without restrictions.

When we are in touch with our psyche we experience direct knowledge. Direct knowledge is comprehension. In dreams we experience direct knowledge in a different way, and that way is much more similar to nature’s way of expressing the self.But our indirect knowledge may or may not lead to physical comprehension. The psyche functions using associative processes and those associations are tied together with emotional experiences, which defy time. Nature does not express emotion the way we do physically, but it does express it through an innate associative process. In our psychic areas all patterns of knowledge, civilizations, cultures, sciences, religions, personal and mass accomplishments, and arts and technologies exist in a timeless emotional pattern that run counter to many of our accepted core beliefs so they may appear super-normal to us.

At birth there is a pattern for a complete adult body in place, and in nature a similar pattern exists. The private psyche is aware of that pattern so there are certain probabilities and inclinations present in our biological structure, which are triggered by our intents and desires. We usually believe that this information comes from outside of the self, but just like an rose or a hibiscus, our beauty comes from the psychic patterns that express themselves as they move through different regions of consciousness. We are more like that young dogwood sapling, or the blooming lotus than we realize, and we are much more transparent than amoebas that enjoy the essence of a single cell.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Observable Patterns

Analysis, whether economic or other, never yields more than a statement about the tendencies present in an observable pattern. And these never tell us what will happen to the pattern but only what would happen if they continue to act as they have been acting in the time interval covered by our observation and if no other factors intruded. “Inevitability” or “necessity” can never be more than this.

Joseph Schumpeter, the 20th century American-Austrian economist,and Harvard Professor wrote those words in the prologue of his thesis called Can Capitalism Survive. Schumpeter believed that Capitalism eventually leads to Socialism, but those thoughts will be addressed in future essays. The theory is Capitalism undermines the social institutions that protect it, and inevitably creates conditions that make it impossible to survive.

Schumpeter talks about observable patterns and how they change based on the elements of consciousness that interact with them. The laws of our grander existence supersede the physical conditions that create some of those patterns. We are between lives and in lives at once, and we believe that the physical patterns only affect the life we accept as real. Those patterns do reach into other existences because no system is closed, especially our psychological system, so a sort of bleed through occurs. Experiences bleed through psyche frequencies, and patterns and behavior that respond to those patterns change.

When this happens, we find ourselves questioning the truth lodged in the antiquated beliefs that have limited our definition of self awareness. Our inner reality is the creative source for our physical one, but some aspects of our physical reality are inviolate at their own level. The surprises and enchantments that develop from this mixture gives consciousness the ability to explore other regions of awareness that lie just below the surface of these vacillating patterns.

Various dimensions of the psyche are meant to be experienced in whatever degree we choose. They can’t be defined in simple terms, but we can be aware that observable patterns are learning tools that direct us to other regions of consciousness where those patterns take shape. But we are too rigid and autocratic in our beliefs about the self, so we set up dogmas that only contain a certain amount of data, which we consider acceptable.

The system then loses the flexibility that gave birth to the patterns. Inevitability and necessity are the terms used to describe our educated and prejudice physical perceptions that keep us separated from observing and experiencing what we think of as unreal patterns, but those patterns are just as real as our reality.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Gestalt of Wisdom

There is a certain wisdom of humanity which is common to the greatest men with the lowest, and which our ordinary education often labors to silence and obstruct. The mind is one, and the best minds who love truth for its own sake, think much less of property of truth. They accept it thankfully everywhere, and do not label or stamp it with any man’s name, for it is theirs long beforehand, and from eternity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay, The Over-soul is reminding us that there is a greater knowledge within us that speaks even though we don’t listen. We are caught in a web of educated pandering that separates us from other aspects of the self. Our waking reality is the result of a precise organization. Within that organization reality is viewed from slightly different focuses, which function with certain ranges or frequencies. We are tuned into one radio station most of the time, but static from other stations that are functioning just as freely intermingle with our frequency, and we experience other qualities of consciousness.

We form certain focuses and ignore others that are organized in a different fashion. As Emerson points out we are educated to ignore and obstruct these realities in order to fit the mold of normal. But just like the Internet, we can switch to another place in spacelessness, and sense the self experiencing another frequency. The brain is capable of operating on a number of frequencies. Those frequencies play on the senses in a manner that conforms to the data being transmitted. Dreams confirm that fact.

The boundaries we set are our own. There is no man or man-god that approves or disapproves when or if we connect to the essence within us. We carry our cultural beliefs to the point of addiction, and filter out truth and replace with a controlling truth that keeps us in a world of rites and rituals. We experience this primitive behavior in order to recognize the gestalt of aware energy where our true energy resides. That energy is ever-changing and inviolate simultaneously. Our individuality is never destroyed for our existence floats like notes that spew sound along certain frequencies in orchestrated awareness. We play our own melody and change it constantly as the psyche expands.

To the psyche our death has already occurred and our birth has not happened. We exist in a gestalt of wisdom where our essence supersedes the belief in a limited life.